High Tech Computer has launched the HTC Touch, a Microsoft Windows Mobile 6.0 device with a touch screen - in other words, a business-oriented iPhone killer.

The Touch's 2.8in touchscreen is similar to the Apple iPhone, which is due out later this month. The main difference between the two appears to be the iPhone's focus on entertainment, and the Touch's focus on email and other more business-like uses.

The touchscreen technology on the HTC Touch was developed by HTC, the largest maker of Microsoft Windows Mobile mobile devices. Users need only sweep their fingers across the screen to bring up an animated interface comprising three views: Contacts, Media and Applications. The views also allow finger control for scrolling on documents and browsing web pages.

Apple has also highlighted touchscreen features as a key reason to try its Apple iPhone, including scrolling through songs and movies on the 3.5-inch wide display.

The HTC Touch does not come with large internal flash memory capacity for music and movie storage, which the iPhone will have. HTC instead offers a microSD drive, and a 1 Gbyte microSD card is included with the handset.

The HTC Touch includes multiple wireless technologies, including triband GSM (Global System for Mobile Communications) for voice, while data can be uploaded and downloaded to the Internet quickly via EDGE (Enhanced Data for GSM Evolution) and Wi-Fi. Device-to-device data transmission is offered via Bluetooth.

The HTC Touch weighs 112g with the battery. The handset also includes a 2-Megapixel camera and other features.

The HTC Touch is now available in the UK, from sites including Expansys, where it costs £354.95, or less if bought with an O2 or Vodafone contract.